Are you thinking of submitting a presentation for the Model Performance in CRR Symposium 6? Then you want to listen to this episode of CRR Radio where we talk with Monica Colby about what makes for a strong proposal and how to give the best presentation you can. Monica has been involved in evaluating proposals in just about every symposium, so she has a lot of experience to draw on to help you. “A really good proposal will start with your why’s, your formative evaluation. Get to the point, be succinct, give us numbers and data. Tell the story, but do it in a quick, short way. In process, we’re looking for what you did and trying to encourage everyone to start documenting what you’re doing, why you did it, what mistakes you made, how you fix that, what you ran into, what you found works. Those are the things that we’re really looking for is to be able to share that with one another and to be able to compare. Why did one program work and another one not work? What will work for my community?”
Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshall (OSFM)
Joe Walters is the Executive Officer for the State Fire Marshal, with the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal (OSFM). As the first “Executive Officer ” Joe has been integral in moving the OSFM into the 21st century, from technology advancements, fleet refreshments, equipment needs to health and wellness awareness. Since 2016, he has also led a part in the agencies community risk reduction programs. He has been proactive in fire prevention programs throughout the State and has assisted with the dissemination of important fire & life saving information via social media and other platforms. He currently sits on the Mid Atlantic Life Safety Conference Committee as the operations command, trying to enhance the program. By trade he is a fire investigator and worked in the field for several years prior to the appointment of Executive Officer. He worked several high profile cases and made many arson and explosive related arrests. He has had the opportunity to sit in forums such as the Truman Symposiums and the FEMA AFG content development group. On his off time, he is a 20-year veteran of the volunteer fire service where he currently serves in the role of Captain. He has held many roles including Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. He is also an instructor for the National Safe Boating Council and specialize in the maritime rescue discipline. He and his wife own a small custom t-shirt business, which was started just before the birth of their child, in 2015. When not working, he loves sitting on the Chesapeake Bay on his boat or tearing up the mud four wheeling in the woods.